Archive for the ‘artist life’ Category

So the Mayan calendar drops off in December this year. Other ancient civilizations described this moment in the time loop as pivotal to our next phase of consciousness . . . and so on and so forth. So what does that have to do with our day to day lives? What does this mean to us? Is the world coming to an end? (more…)

A lot of people have been exposed to a piece I did back in 2008 that has stuck with them. Many have been intrigued by it and it’s been featured in 2 major art galleries in Nashville. I’ve sold many prints of this piece and to my buyers I’ve had to explain the meaning and symbolism behind it. People have felt strangely drawn to it and the phenomenon has even eluded my own explanation. I’m going to explain it in this post the symbolism behind the images in this piece as well as why I felt compelled to paint it.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12

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If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
– Gospel of Thomas, verse 70.

"Insanity" by Anir Brokenear

That’s one of favorite quotes of all time and one of the most powerful and liberating concepts of all time period. Human expression . . . while the term is vague the subjective meaning is not.

This is especially true of the “artist”. We are all artists to a degree but some are more inclined to expression than others. I believe the best artists are the people that are the most sensative to life and all things understood but rarely spoken. You know, deep rooted emotions that everyone feels but hardly discusses for fear of ridicule. Society breeds mediocrity but the person that expresses themselves past the wall of naysayers and pushes on is eventually redeemed and held in high regard. But the true artist doesn’t seek redemption in the eyes of others but lives to create . . . or “express”. Now take the artist that adheres to (more…)

This post is from a male’s perspective so you women out there please don’t feel alienated or that this entry is sexist. It should actually be empowering and enlightening . . . so on to it.

So how is success a woman? Success is a woman from a man’s perspective and here’s why. Man’s journey thoughout life is to be successful. First a man must define success to himself then he must set out to achieve it. It’s a desire . . . much like he desires a woman. When a man sees a woman he wants his instinct is to start thinking of ways to get her. This longing begins with (more…)

Here is some of my newest art created specifically for licensing and merchandising for the Nashville tourism market. In case you haven’t noticed by some of my previous work I like painting skylines.

In this next installment of making it as an artist I’m going to cover what I did in respects to my direct mail campaign. Direct mail is VERY important in soliciting your services to publishers/magazines etc. Some companies want an inquiry letter first, some want samples on disc, others want tearsheets . . . but most will look at a simple postcard that represents your art and message. Art directors don’t have a lot of time to be going through a million samples anyways so they want to see something that fits their immediate need, at the same time seeing that you’re a professional. Here’s my most successful postcard to date: (more…)

This piece is the upcoming mixtape cover for band quickly gaining notoriety in NYC titled “The Freight Train Hobos”. I used a mix of watercolor, colored pencil, and traditional ink in this piece. It was a fusion of my own style with the head band members ideas and it turned out excellent. Check out the band by clicking here ——> The Freight Train Hobos